Once operational, the CNG stations which are projected to start by serving the Dar es Salaam Bus Rapid Transit (DART), will cut operational costs by 45 per cent for converted vehicles and significantly reduce fares.
The directive was issued by Energy Minister Dr Medard Kalemani, launching the installation of a CNG station at Ubungo in the city, directing TPDC to expand uptake of the energy from DART to private buses as a way of boosting government revenue and cutting the cost for consumers.
“I will not officiate the launch of using CNG for only 300 vehicles; expand your clientele by introducing the energy to other customers including private vehicles,” he stressed.
Speaking earlier, TPDC Managing Director Dr James Mataragio told the minister that the project was designed to start serving 300 DART buses, where the minister intoned that this would be uneconomical, tasking the corporation to extend to more customers.
Using CNG would bring significant benefits to Tanzanian motorists compared to petrol and diesel as natural gas is cheaper by 45 per cent, Dr Kalemani noted, urging city motorists to take up the offer by altering engine functioning from petroleum and diesel fuels to natural gas.
“The engine conversion service is offered at the College of Engineering and Technology of the University of Dar es Salaam and at the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology,” he pointed out.
The government has set aside 10bn/- for implementation of the CNG project, the minister noted, urging vehicle owners to utilize the opportunity and get value for money.
Dr Mataragio said other CNG stations will be put up at Mlimani City, the Kivukoni Ferry, the Muhimbili National Hospital and Kibaha in Coast Region, as two CNG mother stations and three mini-stations are on the cards.
CNG’s main client, DART currently serves about 200,000 passengers per day but the number is projected to reach two million upon completion of its route expansion in the city.